Removing Sticky Labels

Removing Sticky Labels

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A few weeks ago I used lemon for cleaning my nasty shower. It took stains away that had been there for what looked like years, due to previous renters. Since that post I have found many other great cleaning uses for this citrus oil such as removing sticky labels from containers.

I have a couple of big events this month to share my love of these oils and I am offering up prizes at some of them. Because I wanted a cheap and simple container for the scrubs and lotions I would be giving away, I decided to use my left over baby jars, which I have a trillion of. They are super adorable and the perfect size for giveaway scrubs (check out how I drastically reduced my stretch marks with my amazing rose scrub in just four days!) and lotions. I simply painted the top my newest favorite color, teal, and filled them up. However, before the lid painting, the sticky labels posed a hardship for me. The more I tried to scrub them off, the more the stickiness spread around the jar. I remembered reading that lemon essential oil can help remove labels so I have it a shot.

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It was fairly simple to do. To be able to mix the ingredients, I first melted a teaspoon of coconut oil by microwaving it for 30 seconds. I mixed in the two drops of lemon (if you don’t have lemon, try orange or citrus fresh) and the two teaspoons of baking soda and a liquid-y paste was made. Instead of letting it harden, I took a little bit on a spoon and drizzled it over the sticky area. I grabbed a scrubby pad and scrubbed away. With just a little effort, the stickiness was gone. I did this for about twenty jars with the amount that I made. I used what was left over for a face a scrub. It’s pretty cool that something that can remove labels can also be an acne fighting scrub! You can also store your mix until next time if you have any left over.

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When making this, make sure to mix it in a glass or stainless steel container. Lemon will leach into plastic and it will forever smell/taste like lemon. These oils are powerful!

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Take a Break

Take a Break

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As we all know, summer is almost here and with summer comes busier schedules. I don’t know what it is about those three months that seems to test our limits on what we can cram into them, but it always seems to happen. I wish I was still in high school when summer meant a break from homework and the responsibilities of the world, but unfortunately I kissed those years behind a while ago.

My summer started early this year. I am working more days, doing multiple  events, plus taking care of a house, cooking dinner every night, raising a  teething baby, etc. My life is so hectic right now that it isn’t even funny. It’s 3:30 in the afternoon and all I have had time to eat today has been a banana. We’ve all been there, right? Anyway, I want to give you all a task, just one more thing to add to your growing list of things to do.

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Take a break.

Yes, that’s it. In the craziness of life, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. We forget to make time just for us. I know it’s hard to find time to do that, but it is so important. Set aside a half hour just for you. Put the kids to bed, give your significant other a task to do, forget work or school or whatever else you are doing and just have some “me” time.

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Gather up a book, your diffuser, and lavender essential oil and sit in a quiet room, taking in the calming aroma. Fill up your tub with bubble bath and six drops of Stress Away and melt into the warm water. Add a drop or two of Roman Chamomile to your tea and sit on the couch and watch your favorite episode of Gilmore Girls. Mix a drop of PanAway with a layer of coconut oil and massage it into the sore areas on your body. Diffuse four drops of cedarwood and lavender and take a nap. Do whatever it is that you do to relax, whatever makes you feel best.

Did you make time for yourself today? This week? This month? How do you relax?

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Keep Away Bugs From Your Garden

Keep Away Bugs From Your Garden

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The last post I wrote was about keeping insects out of your home, but I wanted to take that a step further and talk about keeping bugs out of your garden. I recently started loving plants and have a few succulents that I just picked up along with some cute little containers growing grass in my windowsill.. I am prone to killing any plant I touch, so I decided to pick the easiest things to take care of and start there.

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The most important oils for keeping away bugs from your garden are peppermint and spearmint. Those oils help take care of the majority of bugs that may bother your plants, such as ants, aphids, beetles, caterpillars, fleas, flies, gnats, plant lice, moths, and spiders. Rosemary is another great one that helps keep away insect larvae. For help with roaches, try cedarwood or eucalyptus and for ticks, try lavender, tea tree, or lemongrass.

Snails and slugs are other common pests that may try to find their way into your garden. Cedarwood and pine are wonderful oils for helping to keep them out.

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How do you use these oils to ward away those bugs? It’s pretty simple. Add 20-30 drops to a 32 ounce spray bottle of water and mist the plants. These oils should not hurt your plants, but I suggest trying a small spot before spraying all of it. Young Living actually uses their own oils to do all their own bug control to protect their fields. Super cool, right?

How do you keep your plants safe without using chemicals?  Comment below to let me know!

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Spider & Misquito Season is Almost Here

Spider & Misquito Season is Almost Here

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I, like many others, hate spiders. I don’t know what it is about them, but they give me the chills and I prefer for them to not make my home into their home. We moved into a house in what I refer to as a “forest land”. There are woods and trees surrounding every aspect of our living space and just about every bug you can think of lives next to us. Summer is coming and while I love the sun, I am just not ready to share my home. How do I combat all those bugs?

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Peppermint. That’s it, just peppermint. Not nasty chemicals that my daughter might get into, just good ol’ peppermint essential oil. I diffuse it all the time to help wake me up, so that helps it spread throughout my house, but I also mix 10 drops of it with 8 oz of water and spray it around my house, focusing on the door area and corners. So far, no spiders have made it into this peppermint filled home.

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For an extra bonus to ensure that other types of bugs don’t weasel their way in, I like to spray a mixture of 10 drops each peppermint, purification, and thieves, along with 4 oz of water and 4 oz of witch hazel. This is great for mosquitos. Use this when sitting around a campfire or a trip to the lake too! It’s a great and child safe alternative to chemical filled bug repellent.

How do you deal with bugs in your home? Comment below to let us know!

As summer and the bugs start rolling in, start spraying yourself and your home with essential oils, the pure and natural alternative to nasty chemicals!

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This is my personal testimony.  Please consult with your physician prior to using any kind of natural remedy or supplement.

Stretch Marks Be Gone

Stretch Marks Be Gone

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It’s been over a year since I had my daughter and I thought my stretch marks were done fading. I was very sad because they were still very purple-y and large. They had faded some, but not to the extent that I wanted.

Remember that rose scrub I made with rose petals, frankincense essential oil, sugar, and coconut oil? I applied it every day to my body and face like I would soap in the shower. My skin started to feel so much softer and I noticed after shaving with it, my shave lasted twice as long. Well, I also noticed that my stretch marks had started to fade too. I took a picture just a few days previously to show a friend how bad my stretch marks were, and I am glad I did. I compared the picture from a few days before to another one I took after just four days of using the scrub. I was so, so, so happy to see the results.

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My stretch marks faded immensely in just four days! This scrub is my new best friend. Want the recipe? Check out my DIY Rose Petal Scrub post.

How do you take care of your stretch marks? Remember ladies, they are beautiful and they represent the life we have given! Never be ashamed.

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Play Now, Nap Later: Lavender Play Dough

Play Now, Nap Later: Lavender Play Dough

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I may or may not still be on my crafting spree. Ok, I am, and because I don’t want to overwhelm my shower with a million scrubs (even though there are a few more I want to make, like tangerine-orange and vanilla), I decided on making an oily play dough for my daughter. It was just about nap time, so I decided that lavender would be a nice, calming scent to wind her down from her tiny one year old destructive ways. I set to work by getting out olive oil, lavender oil, salt, water, and flour.

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I like to get my hands dirty, so I manually mixed all of the ingredients. You, of course, can use a mixer. I mixed the ingredients until it all came together, adding a little flour and a little water to the mix until I got the texture I wanted. I loved the smell that was wafting into the air as I mixed everything together. Lavender doesn’t just work to calm kids down, it works for us big people too! The result was a nice, gooey but not too gooey, play dough.

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As it turns out, my daughter doesn’t really like play dough, at all. She tried a little taste of it and decided it was not her favorite new toy. She did kind of mess around with it for a little bit but she didn’t have a desire to do too much more with it. I think she just isn’t old enough yet, but it did lead to a two hour long nap, so that was a huge plus. Lavender is super calming and helps her sleep so much better- read about that here.

If your child likes play dough, this natural alternative is a great choice. Peppermint, orange, lemon, or citrus fresh would make excellent play dough.

Gather your little people and make some dough! Let me know how it goes in the comments below.

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DIY Rose Scrub

DIY Rose Scrub

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There are days when I feel like I have to make something, and dinner just isn’t enough. Yesterday was one of those days. I went on a little bit of a “making” spree and decided I would make a rose scrub since I had some dying roses that my boyfriend had bought me the week before. He’s adorable. Anyway, I stalked Pinterest until I found a recipe I liked best and added my own little twist and came out with some awesome results!

I am terrible with the whole measuring thing. I kinda just eye ball it and pour. My boyfriend will tell you that that isn’t always the best way to make things and that sometimes my dinners and projects come out a little wonky, but yesterday it worked out pretty well.

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First, I scooped out a cup worth of solid coconut oil and placed it in a blender. I recommend organic 100% coconut oil because it is going on your skin. I also added what looked like a half of a cup of sugar. Bigger grained sugar is better, but I only had regular sugar, and that ended up working pretty well.  I took off the petals of one rose (about 15) and threw that in too. To top it off, I added 6 drops of frankincense. You can use any oil you like, but I chose frankincense because of its wrinkle and blemish fighting powers. Tea tree or purification would be great substances. I blended it on high for a minute or so, scraped down the edges, and blended it again. I did this a few times until there were no more chunks of rose petal.

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The result was a smooth and lovely scented paste. I scooped it into a glass jar and set off to use it. I applied it in the shower, all over my body and face. My skin felt so soft! I used it as a shaving agent instead of shaving cream and soap too and it was SO much better. I feel like I got a much cleaner and closer shave, plus my skin was amazingly soft. When I woke up this morning, my skin was STILL soft. This scrub is so wonderful and luscious!

Update! Check out what it did to my stretch marks in just four days- here.

My next scrub making adventure will include a vanilla and orange combo, and then who knows what after that! Stay tuned for my next scrubby adventure.

Comment below to tell me what kind of scrub you’re making next!

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